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Two climbers have died while climbing Everest: Associated Press

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Two climbers were killed and three others injured as they attempted to climb Everest in what is the world’s highest mountain, a local government official said Wednesday.

The climbers, who had reached the summit of Everest, died after an avalanche that engulfed the area where they were attempting to make their way up, local officials said.

They were not identified as local officials could not immediately confirm the names.

The avalanche that struck the group occurred when a rock slab suddenly dropped and crushed their ropes.

The accident happened at about 4:30 p.m. local time (1930 GMT) near the base of the famous South Col, said Sherpa Sherpa, a retired official from the country’s mountain division.

It was not immediately clear if the men were on a route that would have reached the peak of Everest.